Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How can the community where this story takes place be described?

2. What is the major topic of gossip in Chapter 1?

3. What is Elijah's role in the story?

4. Why do Walter and Elijah feel sorry for Joe?

5. What promises has Spunk made to Lena, according to Elijah?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the setting for this story as given in the beginning of Chapter 1.

2. Do you admire Spunk or despise him? Why?

3. What is the climax of Hurston's story?

4. What sort of supernatural twist does Hurston give her story?

5. What offer from Spunk does Lena refuse in Chapter 1? Why do you think she does this?

6. How does Spunk's occupation seem to be appropriate for his character?

7. How does the point of view affect the reader's perspective in Chapter 1?

8. When Joe enters the store in Chapter 1, how is he treated?

9. From whose perspective is Chapter 3 told?

10. What is the wake for Spunk like?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Briefly summarize the incident in which Joe is killed. Why do you think Hurston wrote about it in this way?

Essay Topic 2

Do you think Spunk and Lena are in love? What about Joe and Lena? Support your opinions with specific examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

How does Hurston incorporate the concept of man versus self in the novel? Which character do you think is the best example of man versus self, and why?

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